Land and Power: The growing scandal surrounding the new wave of investments in land

Land and Power: The growing scandal surrounding the new wave of investments in land
51 pages

Authors
Zagema, Bertram

Publication date
22 Sep 2011

ISBN
971848149472

Publisher
Oxfam International

Series
Oxfam Briefing Papers

Type
Policy paper

The new wave of land deals is not the new investment in agriculture that millions had been waiting for. The poorest people are being hardest hit as competition for land intensifies. Oxfam’s research has revealed that residents regularly lose out to local elites and domestic or foreign investors because they lack the power to claim their rights effectively and to defend and advance their interests. Companies and governments must take urgent steps to improve land rights outcomes for people living in poverty. Power relations between investors and local communities must also change if investment is to contribute to rather than undermine the food security and livelihoods of local communities.

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